Halloween is the most happening time for ghoulish behaviors and winding through confusing corn mazes. And spots for spooky fun aren’t scarce in the Kokomo area.
Guffey Acres may be a Halloween favorite, but the sprawling hobby farm is also home to both tricks and treats. The Guffey family annually transform their country acreage into a Halloween hot spot, adding new attractions each year. Their passion for fall festivities, such as the massive corn popper, 7-acre corn maze, Field of Screams, and the Tube Slide just to name a few, has made Guffey Acres a must-stop scare location.
“This is our small hobby farm and one of the reasons we do what we do is to help families grow memories; that’s our best crop here,” Jessica Guffey, co-owner of Guffey Acres, said. “We feel blessed to take suggestions from people and work hard to make [Guffey Acres] better each year.”
Making Guffey Acres better includes: Jumbo Lincoln Logs, Corn Box, a 24 foot by 12 foot farm-style sandbox, Giant Checkers, and Corn Hole on top of the favorite stops people already love about the attraction. The location is all open for all ages and accepts field trips, where kids are educated about life on the farm while enjoying fall fun.
“On field trips it’s so fun and exciting to see the kids’ faces as they see the chickens and animals. Some kids have never seen a donkey in their whole lives,” Guffey said about the fun to be had at one of the farm’s featured attractions, The Big Red Barn.
Guffey said the young at heart have plenty of places to play, for hours at a time, at Guffey Acres.
“So many people are surprised by how many hours they can spend here; it’s entertainment for the entire family,” Guffey said. “Teenagers and adults have fun on the giant corn popper [a massive pillow designed for jumping], they ride the barrel trains and some rope a cow. It’s fun to see everyone laughing and having a good time.”
If a fright is what you’re seeking, you’ve got choices.
While Guffey Acres offers a haunted corn maze called Field of Screams, Streaper’s Nightmare in Peru is designed to jolt guests’ insides with fear.
Joshua Yoder, a producer for Streaper’s Nightmare, said the crew isn’t new to the scare scene and thinks of ways to up the spookiness every year.
Yoder said the haunted adventure weaves through three different sections stuffed with actors ready to scare.
“There’s a casket factory, a circus, a sanitarium, and more that all go through these different areas,” Yoder said. “We have tilted hallways and we added a vortex.”
The scare tactics are more than just jumping out, Yoder said. There are 40 to 50 actors scattered throughout the building, disguised in makeup and spooky costumes to scare those who pass by. The cost for fright is just $11, and Yoder said the experience is surprisingly in-depth and long.
“Most people are surprised about how long it takes to go through, it’s about 20 to 24 minutes and there’s a foggy maze section that’s pitch black besides one strobe light that flashes every five to 10 seconds,” Yoder said.
Sometimes what’s better than being a guest whose guts are rattled by fear is the view the actors get when visitors have been a little too scared.
“I love running around and scaring people; the best part is when people come out and they’ve peed themselves they got so scared,” Yoder said.
Proceeds from Streaper’s Nightmare go to the Miami County Indians.
While Streaper’s Nightmare takes one through an array of frights, The Edge of Insanity takes one through a twisted tale with an insane plot, literally.
Walt Ingham and his wife designed the tour that terrifyingly guides guests through two barns and a story about a normal man falling in love with a woman at an insane asylum, only to find that she hung herself. The fictional tale leads those looking for a scare through the once-normal man’s mind and when he became crazy. Ingham said that’s when the scares start for those visiting his haunted grounds.
“The man went so crazy he started doing experiments to find out how the woman he loved went crazy,” Ingham said about the story that features 20 to 25 actors. “You get thrown into all the interactions and see all the acting yourself. A lot of the characters are in theater so they don’t break character.”
Ingham said while it’s all about spooking out spectators, the proceeds raised from the event go to charities such as Pals for Paws and Guardian Angel Foundation, as well as his own brother’s memorial fund.
“We’ve been open for six years, the day before our first opening I got a call from my dad that my brother had died,” Ingham said. “So we’re a business, but we also raise money for my brother’s fund and other charities.”